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77th Annual Summer Conference, August 7–10, 2008

Speaker Biographies


Bill Buxton
Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research

Bill Buxton is the author of the new book, Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design, published by Morgan Kaufmann. He is Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and has a 30 year involvement in research, design and commentary around human aspects of technology, and technologies for creative endeavour, including music, film and industrial design, in particular.

Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a researcher at Xerox PARC, a professor at the University of Toronto, and Chief Scientist of Alias Research and SGI Inc. In 2007, he was named Doctor of Design, Honoris Causa, by the Ontario College of Art and Design, and in 2008 became the 10th recipient of the ACM/SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award for fundamental contributions to the field of human-computer interaction.

More information on Buxton and his work can be found at


Michael Clarke
Director of the International Development Research Centre’s Information and Communication Technologies for Development Program

Michael Clarke received his PhD from the University of Guelph and his undergraduate degree from York University in Toronto. He has combined a research career in the molecular biology of micro-organisms causing human and animal disease in tropical regions of the world with an interest in the application of new and emerging information technologies to real world problems.

Following post-doctoral work at the University of Victoria, Michael moved to the University of Western Ontario where he established a laboratory working on molecular aspects of infectious and malignant human disease. He assumed the position of Assistant Dean, Faculty of Medicine in 2003 and then took a sabbatical research leave at the Laboratory for Food-borne Zoonotic Diseases at Health Canada in Guelph. He then moved to the University of Ottawa in 2006 as Director of the medical e-curriculum in the Faculty of Medicine.

In 2007 he assumed the position of Director, Information and Communications Technologies for Development program area at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa where he manages a global, trans-disciplinary research support program focussed on the scientific, social and economical implications of developing countries transitioning into the information society.


Abraham Drassinower
Director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto

Abraham Drassinower, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., LL.B. (Toronto) is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Chair in the Legal, Ethical and Cultural Implications of Technological Innovation, and Director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy. He joined the Faculty of Law in 1999, held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto (1993–1995) and lectured principally on political philosophy at York University (1993–1995) and at the University of Toronto (1995–1998). He served as a Law Clerk to Mr. Justice John C. Major of the Supreme Court of Canada (1998–1999).

Professor Drassinower's interests include property, intellectual property, legal and political philosophy, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. He has published in the areas of charitable trusts, unjust enrichment, intellectual property, and psychoanalysis and political theory. He is currently working on a book on the public domain in copyright law.

Carol Dumaine
Head of the Energy and Environmental Security Directorate in the Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy

Carol Dumaine serves as the head of a newly-created directorate, Energy and Environmental Security Directorate, in the Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to this, she served as director of the CIA's Global Futures Partnership, a strategic “think-and-do tank” that undertakes unclassified global outreach on strategic issues facing the intelligence community today and in coming years.

She was a 2007 Service-to-America National Security Medal Finalist for spearheading the Global Futures Forum initiative, a multinational network linking representatives of intelligence services with leading thinkers from academia, business, strategy and other non-government sectors in communities of practice focused on transnational security issues.

Prior to this, Ms. Dumaine served as an analyst and manager in the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence since the early 1980s. She has lived in Austria, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Russia, and Taiwan, and has degrees from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.


Cindy Gordon
CEO of Helix Commerce

Dr. Cindy M. Gordon is a seasoned senior executive with over twenty years of industry experience in communications and high tech and financial services. Cindy is currently the Founder and CEO of Helix Commerce International Inc, a company specializing in business innovation and growth acceleration strategies that leverages Web 3.0, collaboration commerce, and disruptive innovation approaches. Helix clients include companies like: Amdocs, Astra Zeneca, Bell Canada, CIBC, Microsoft, MTS Allstream, RBC, Rogers, SAP, Siemens, and Xerox and not for profit organizations like: Canadian Cancer Society, George Brown College, The Ontario Government, and World Vision.

Dr. Gordon is also the Founder of Helix Talent, a recruiting firm and 2BeVirtual, a company specializing in Virtual Worlds.

Prior to founding Helix, Ms. Gordon was a Partner with XDL Intervest a Tier One Venture Capital Firm. Prior to XDL Intervest, she held senior partner roles with Accenture in their eCommerce, CRM, and Knowledge Management Practice. Additional executive roles include at Xerox include: Senior Director and General Manager for Outsourcing and Professional Services, Director of Sales and Marketing, Director of Total Quality and Director of Business Productivity. Cindy has also held positions as Senior Group Director of Global Information Systems Strategies for Nortel Networks and an Assistant Vice President to Citicorp’s Investment and Corporate Finance Banking operations.

Ms. Gordon is a frequently published author of numerous publications on the new economy, knowledge management and eCommerce. She has authored seven published books: "Chief Knowledge Officers in the New eEconomy”, “Knowledge: The Great Business Challenge,” Negócio Editora, “Knowledge Management: Classic and Contemporary Works”, Realizing the Promise of Corporate Portals and her prior best seller on Amazon Winning at Collaboration Commerc:e The Next Competitive Advantage was released in January, 2006. Her new book Why Buy The Cow recently on January 2008 looks at the impact of on demand SaaS business models in revolutionizing how work is done. She is currently working on two new books on the future of digital social media and impact of virtual worlds, and on social mediated technologies like Facebook, YouTube, delicious, etc.

Academically, she holds a Doctorate in Innovation, eCommerce, and Knowledge Management from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Information and Business Management, Bachelor of Administration; and a Bachelor of Education (certified educator), from the University of Alberta.


Scott Jolliffe
Chair and CEO of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Chair and CEO of Gowlings, Mr Jolliffe is recognized as one of Canada's preeminent intellectual property (IP) trial and appellate court lawyers. He has acted as counsel on numerous landmark IP cases and regularly appears in the Supreme Court of Canada on matters and issues of national and international importance in this area.

As a qualified and experienced mediator, Mr. Jolliffe serves on INTA’s international panel of neutral mediators and is regularly chosen by his peers to mediate significant IP disputes. Mr. Jolliffe is certified as a Specialist by the Law Society of Upper Canada in both Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property. He is a co-author of several leading Canadian texts in the IP field and a frequent speaker at conferences in the area.

He is a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association, and the Canadian and the American Bar Associations. Mr. Jolliffe is also currently serving as the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Task Force of Conflicts of Interest.


Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is a Silicon Valley author, broadcaster and entrepreneur whose provocative book Cult of the Amateur: How the Internet is killing our culture was recently acclaimed by The New York Times’ Michiko Kakutani as “shrewdly argued” and written “with acuity and passion”. Andrew is a prominent media personality who has appeared on the Colbert Report, McNeil-Lehrer Newsnight show, The Today Show, Fox News, CNN International, NPR’s Weekend Edition, BBC Newsnight and many other television and radio shows in America and overseas.

He has written for The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Guardian, The San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, The Weekly Standard, Fast Company and Entertainment Weekly and has been featured in numerous publications including Time Magazine, The New York Times, US News and World Report, BusinessWeek, Wired, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, The Independent & MSNBC.

Andrew is also a pioneering Silicon Valley media entrepreneur, having founded in 1995 and built it into a well known first generation Internet music company. Educated at the universities of London and California, Andrew now lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and two children.


Howard Knopf
Chair of the Copyright Policy Committee of the Canadian Bar Association

Howard P. Knopf is Counsel with Macera & Jarzyna, LLP in Ottawa, Canada. He has worked in government and the private sector mainly in the areas of copyright, trade-marks, cyberlaw, competition and related issues. He has been the Chairman of the Copyright Policy Committee of the Canadian Bar Association and was advisor to the Law Commission of Canada on security interests in intellectual property. He edited the resulting book entitled Security Interests in Intellectual Property. He has been a policy advisor in the federal government and an adjunct professor of law. He has frequently lectured at the invitation of the judiciary, government officials, law schools, continuing legal education fora, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the World Intellectual Property Organization and various NGOs. He has published extensively, both as author and editor.

Since 2000, he has been a member of the faculty of the Fordham Annual Conference on International Intellectual Property Law and Policy in New York. He has appeared before the Copyright Board, the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to his legal career, he was a professional clarinetist performing in Canada, the USA and Europe and frequently for the CBC.

His litigation successes include important decisions in the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada on issues involving file sharing, privacy, private copying levies, and the parallel importation of products such as chocolate bars with copyright material on the packaging. He was co-author of a widely read amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in the Grokster case. He maintains a blog on copyright law at


Kevin Lynch
Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet

Kevin G. Lynch is Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service of Canada. He previously served as Executive Director for the Canadian, Irish and Caribbean constituency at the International Monetary Fund (Washington, D.C.) from 2004–2006, Deputy Minister of Finance from 2000–2004 and Deputy Minister of Industry from 1995–2000.

He is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada and is formerly a Director of the Bank of Canada Board (2000–2004); the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation Board (2000–2004); the Business Development Bank of Canada (1995–2000); the Canadian Tourism Commission (1996–2000) and the Communications Research Center Board (1995–2000).

Mr. Lynch holds an Honours B.A. in Economics from Mount Alison University, a M.A. in Economics from the University of Manchester and a Ph.D. in Economics from McMaster University.


Chidi Oguamanam
Professor of Law and Technology at Dalhousie University

Chidi Oguamanam, LL.M., Ph.D. (British Columbia) is an Assistant Professor, and the Director and member of faculty in the Law and Technology Institute at the Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Before his academic career, Dr. Oguamanam practiced intellectual property law.

He is a fellow of Canada Institutes of Health Research Program in Ethics of Health Research and Policy and a member of Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Nigerian Bar Association. Dr. Oguamanam served in the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity’s Technical Expert Group on Genetic Use Restriction Technologies.

He writes, teaches and consults in the areas of Law and Technology (including biotechnologies), Intellectual Property Rights and Contract Law. His research interest traverse public international law, intellectual property, biodiversity and biotechnology in the contexts of health and agriculture, indigenous peoples and indigenous knowledge in international law, traditional medicine, health law, ethics and public health policy.

Dr. Oguamanam is a co-author of the English edition of the bi-weekly newsletter of the Information Technology Law Association of Canada (IT. Can): He is also a Faculty Associate of the Dalhousie Law School’s Marine and Environmental Law Institute and Health Law Institute.

He is the author of a recent book titled International Law and Indigenous Knowledge: Intellectual Property, Plant Biodiversity, and Traditional Medicine (University of Toronto Press, 2006). His current research focus is on food security, farmers’ rights and agro-biotechnology, digitization of local knowledge of genetic resources and the phenomenon of personalized medicine and its ramifications for complementary and alternative medicine.


Janet Rossant
Senior Scientist and Chief of Research at the Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Janet Rossant is a Senior Scientist and Chief of Research at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. She is also a University Professor, University of Toronto, and Professor in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics and the Department of Obstetrics/Gynaecology, University of Toronto.

Her research interests centre on understanding the genetic control of normal and abnormal development in the early mouse embryo using both cellular and genetic manipulation techniques. Her interests in the early embryo have led to the discovery of a novel placental stem cell type, the trophoblast stem cell. She is Deputy Scientific Director of the Canadian Stem Cell Network and she directs the Centre for Modelling Human Disease in Toronto, which is undertaking genome-wide mutagenesis in mice to develop new mouse models of human disease.

Dr. Rossant trained at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, United Kingdom and has been in Canada since 1977, first at Brock University and then at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, from 1985 to 2005. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Societies of London and Canada and a Distinguished Investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In 2007, Dr. Rossant was awarded the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology.

Dr. Rossant is actively involved in the international developmental biology community. She was an Editor of the journal Development for many years and she was President of the Society for Developmental Biology in 1996/97. She has also been involved in public issues related to developmental biology, most recently serving as Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research working group on stem cell research and as a member of the National Academies Stem Cell Guidelines Panel.


Gerri Sinclair
Executive Director of the Masters of Digital Media Program at the Centre for Digital Media

Dr. Gerri Sinclair's cross-domain career includes more than 20 years' experience spanning the fields of internet and new media technology, entrepreneurial business, academic research, and government policy.

Sinclair is currently the Executive Director of the Masters of Digital Media Program at Vancouver's Centre for Digital Media, Great Northern Way Campus- which recently received a $40.5M government grant from the BC Government to establish a world-leading Graduate Degree Program in the field of Digital Media. Last year she was the chair of the Telecom Policy Review, advising the Federal Government of Canada on the policy and regulatory environment required to support an advanced telecommunications framework. She was formerly the General Manager of MSN Canada, as well as the founder and CEO of NCompass Labs, an Internet web content management company spun out of Simon Fraser University in 1996 and acquired by Microsoft in 2001.

She is the recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction award, the Canadian Women in Communications Woman of the Year award, the Canadian Women in New Media Pioneer award, the Influential Woman in Business award, the Sarah Kirke award for the most outstanding Canadian woman in High Tech. In 2005 she was honoured with the Canadian Consumer Choice Award for Business Woman of the Year. Most recently, she was recognized by the Canadian Public Policy Forum as a Testimonial Award Winner for her outstanding contribution to the quality of public policy and public management in Canada.

She holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance drama as well as an honorary Doctor of Science in Computing Science from the University of British Columbia.


Richard Smith
Professor & Associate Director, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

Richard Smith is a Professor in, and the Associate Director of, the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. He is also Director of the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST) at SFU. Smith's research focus is social inclusion (and exclusion) brought on by the introduction of new media. He has an ongoing interest in technology for education, privacy and surveillance in public spaces, online communities, and the wireless information society.

Current research projects include: 1) civic engagement and surveillance environments, 2) privacy issues in the application of mobile technologies to learning and political action, 3) new applications for information technology in support of scholarly publishing, 4) “games” of innovation in the new media industry, and 5) the development of technologies for mobile media-rich urban shared experience – platforms for mobile social software.

With his graduate students, Richard Smith is also working on “addictive” on-line games, new communication technology in the home, open source software and social activism, and information technology in support of first nations development and tele-health.

With academic training in communication and law, Dr. Smith has degrees from Carleton University (BA) and Simon Fraser University (MA and PhD). He is a member of the Canadian Communication Association, and the International Association for Management of Technology. He is also the publisher of the Canadian Journal of Communication.


Jim Stanford
Economist, Canadian Auto Workers

Jim Stanford is an Economist with the Canadian Auto Workers, Canada's largest private-sector trade union. He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1995 from the New School for Social Research in New York, and also holds economics degrees from Cambridge University and the University of Calgary.

Jim is the author of Paper Boom (published in 1999) and author of Economics for Everyone (Pluto Press and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2008).

In 2007 he was appointed vice-chair of the Ontario Manufacturing Council. Jim writes a regular economics column for The Globe and Mail, and lives in Toronto with his partner and two daughters.


Jennifer Stoddart
Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Jennifer Stoddart was appointed Canada's Privacy Commissioner by the Governor in Council, effective December 1, 2003, on unanimous resolutions adopted by both the House of Commons and the Senate, for a seven-year term.

Commissioner Stoddart was previously President of the Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec, an organization responsible for both access to information and the protection of personal information. She has held several senior positions in public administration for the Governments of Québec and Canada, including at the Canadian and the Québec Human Rights Commissions.

Commissioner Stoddart has been active in the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, and has also lectured on history and legal sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal and McGill University.


Stephen Stohn
President of Epitome Pictures and Founding Partner of Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP

Stephen Stohn has worked in the entertainment industry for over 40 years commencing with part-time appearances as a performing artist, continuing with active work as a songwriter (including two songs that reached the Canadian Top-10, Maybe Your Heart and Once In A Long Time), and a primary career as an entertainment and copyright lawyer since being called to the Ontario Bar in 1979.

As founding partner in the entertainment law firm Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP, Stephen provides strategic legal advice to performers, advertising agencies, merchandisers, recording artists, songwriters, multimedia/internet creators, broadcasters and film and television producers. His clients over the years have included music stars such as k. d. lang, Roch Voisine, Amanda Marshall, Tom Cochrane, Loreena McKennitt, Alannah Myles, Cowboy Junkies, Holly Cole, Crash Test Dummies, and most of the finalists on Canadian Idol. He is one of eight entertainment lawyers named in the 2007 Lexpert American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

Stephen is also President of Epitome Pictures Inc. and Executive Producer of the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation and Instant Star and their related webisodes, mobisodes, and web sites. He is Executive Producer of the telecast of Canada's music awards show, The Juno Awards, and was Executive Producer of the lifestyle television series Savoir Faire and Room Service. Stephen was also Executive Producer of Riverdale, English Canada's first prime-time soap opera as well as two feature films, Me? and The Clown Murders.

Throughout the years, Stephen has been active in lobbying for reform of Canada's copyright laws, and has participated as a director, committee member or founder of a number of cultural industry associations as well as co-chairing numerous entertainment law conferences under the auspices of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association. He has appeared as an expert witness before the Copyright Board of Canada.

Currently Chair of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Stephen is also a Director of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, The Orange Record Label, ISAN Canada, The Canadian Retransmission Collective, and The Producer’s Audiovisual Collective and is a member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Association of Canada (SOCAN).

Stephen's industry experience includes being a partner for 10 years in Canada's largest law firm, McCarthy Tétrault. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law School (J.D. 1977) and Trent University (B.A. 1969).


Paul Sullivan
President and Director of Strategy of Sullivan Media

Paul Sullivan is the Editor in Chief of, the Vancouver-based citizen news site. “Orato” comes from the Latin and it means “I speak.” We are a celebration of every person's right to be heard in his or her own words. features both famous and ordinary people and uses the power of the Internet to make readers part of every story. They post their own stories and take sides on issues through online polls and by commenting at the end of stories.

Mr. Sullivan has over 30 years experience in journalism. Formerly, Mr. Sullivan was Western Editor of The Globe and Mail, Canada's National Newspaper. He was also Managing Editor of The Vancouver Sun, Editor-in-Chief of the Winnipeg Sun, host of CBC Radio's Vancouver morning show and Senior News Editor at The Journal, the highly-rated CBC-TV news program. In addition to his work with Orato, he owns and operates Sullivan Media, a communications consultancy with corporate and non-profit clients.


Ian Wilson
Librarian and Archivist of Canada

In 2004, Mr. Ian E. Wilson was appointed Librarian and Archivist of Canada in Library and Archives Canada. He had been appointed National Archivist of Canada in July 1999 and with the then National Librarian Roch Carrier developed and led the process to create a new knowledge institution for Canada in the 21st century. 

Born in Montreal, Quebec, in April 1943, Ian Wilson attended the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean and obtained a Masters degree from Queen's University in 1974. In 2001, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters (D. Litt.) from York University in recognition of his contribution to Canadian archives. In 2002, he became member of the Order of Canada. In 2003, he was elected Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France.

Mr. Wilson has had a distinguished career in several areas, including archival and information management, university teaching and government service. He began his career at Queen's University Archives (1967); later becoming Saskatchewan's Provincial Archivist (1976–86) and Chairman of the Saskatchewan Heritage Advisory Board. He was appointed Archivist of Ontario in 1986, position he held until 1999. For several years he was also responsible for the Ontario Public Library system. 

Mr. Wilson has been involved with the Canadian archival and library communities for over 30 years. He has worked diligently to make archives accessible and interesting to a wide range of audiences. He has helped safeguard the integrity of archival records while at the same time encouraging an active use of them by the public. In addition, he has published extensively on history, archives, heritage, and information management and has lectured both nationally and abroad.